Holiday Gift Guide 2014

WHO’S READY FOR CHRISTMAS?? I am. We got a tree over the weekend, which was bigger than we expected and I don’t hate it at all. I love decorating for Christmas and the colorful lights are up on all the main areas of the apartment. They make me feel fuzzy in the best way.

Are you still thinking of what to get your friends and family this holiday? I did some holiday shopping over the weekend, and have some great gift ideas to encourage more home cooking and healthy eating for our loved ones. Here are some of my favorite picks that are all under $50!

holiday gift guide

1. Hamilton Beach slow cooker, $49.85. I love this slow cooker so much. It has never failed me, and the best part of it is that it comes with a probe thermometer that you can set, so the slow cooker will automatically turn off when anything you are cooking reaches your desired temperature.

2. Thrive Market membership, starts at $19.95. Thrive Market is an online shop that delivers high quality, organic groceries for a discounted price (25-50% off retail price!) to its members. It’s relatively new, but I love their corporate messaging and their social mission of donating a free membership to a low-income family for every paid membership. They have gift cards for memberships you can buy ranging from 3 months to 1 year at extremely affordable price points!

3. Hydro Flask insulated water bottle, $20-25. I’m that girl who is always a carrying a water bottle with her where ever she goes. Hydro Flask is the best reusable bottle that I’ve ever owned (and I have owned many), made out of high quality stainless steel and comes in different sizes for your various needs. Not only do they have an awesome design, I love that the bottles are insulated. I have left my Hydro Flask filled with cold water in my car for over 3 hours in the middle of the summer, and it was still cold when I found it. It’s a must-buy, especially for athletes out there.

4. Paderno World Cuisine spiralizer, $34.10. Looking for a pasta alternative other than the played out spaghetti squash (just kidding, spaghetti squash is still awesome)? A spiralizer is  a fun kitchen gadget that slices vegetables into thin spiral ribbons, perfect for your gluten-free friend, or anyone in your life looking into a low-carb health approach. My favorite things to make with a spiralizer are zucchini noodles and carrot ribbon salads.

5. Paleo Magazine subscription, $29.95. Magazine subscriptions are a great gift that keeps on giving all year round. Paleo Magazine is bi-monthly and chock full of articles, recipes, and resources that serve a guide and inspiration for living a healthy active life with a Paleo approach. It’s a great gift for anyone who is Paleo or thinking of starting this type of diet and lifestyle.

6. Ancient Organics ghee, $35. If you’ve never heard of ghee before, it’s clarified butter with milk proteins removed which makes it easy to digest for those who are dairy intolerant. It also has great flavor and a high smoke point, making it ideal for cooking. I highly recommend you try ghee if you haven’t before. It is more flavorful than regular butter, and much more nutritious!

7. MIRA lunch box set, $19.16. Now that I work from home, I don’t need lunch containers anymore, but I would have loved these when I used to commute to the office and packed my lunch almost daily. Plastic containers leech harmful chemicals, even worse when heated, and glass containers are too heavy to carry around to be practical. I love the light stainless steel solution of these containers and look how cute they are!

8. flip & tumble produce bags, $10.99. I bring these produce bags when I go grocery shopping, along with my reusable grocery bags. I like to do whatever I can to  reduce my use of plastic, and these bags are so lightweight and extremely durable. They also keep my produce fresh in the fridge and they are so easy to wash. I highly recommend them for your family and friends who are passionate about going green!

9. CDN meat probe thermometer, $22.92. Do you have any meat lovers in your life? Most likely, yes. With a probe thermometer, you won’t ever overcook your favorite steak or chicken. I rely on mine heavily in the kitchen and my meat dishes always turn out amazingly juicy and tender. Here’s how it works: you stick the probe in the thickest part of the meat before cooking it and set the temperature that the alarm should go off. The probe stays in the meat while it cooks, and when it reaches your ideal temperature, the alarm rings so you can take it out of the oven or off the grill. Perfect meat, every time.

10. Lodge cast iron skillet, $24.99. A heavy-bottomed, well-seasoned cast iron skillet is so useful in the kitchen and I use mine almost every day. Not only is it affordable, it lasts forever if you take good care of it. It does take some time and effort to maintain and clean, but it’s totally worth it. I’ve cooked some of my best egg and meat dishes in mine. Remember: the more you use a cast iron skillet, the more seasoned it gets so the food doesn’t stick to it. Not only is it useful, I love the rustic farmhouse look of cast iron skillets. This one comes with a heat resistant handle, making it a complete gift for someone who loves to cook!

Hope this list was helpful in completing your holiday shopping. What are you favorite healthy gifts to give or have gotten in the past?

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